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    • August 07, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • 1000 5th Ave, San Rafael, corner of Court St.
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    Vaccination and indoor masks required to offer the most security.

    "Propaganda is the calculated manipulation of information designed to shape public opinion and behavior to predetermined ends, as desired by the propagandist. Subjectivity, disinformation, exaggeration, and the outright falsification of facts are the hallmarks of propaganda practitioners”.

    This collection of propaganda represents the political art of more than 25 countries, including North Korea, Cuba, Nazi Germany, Vietnam, Iran, and the Soviet Union.  The objects on display were mostly designed and financed by various governments, dictators, and special interests with specific political goals in mind.

    Tom and Lilka Areton have collected visual political propaganda for over 40 years.  Their experiences living and traveling in totalitarian regimes affected them in profound ways and led to their creating this museum.

    Tom will give us a guided tour of the museum, discussing the seven expressions in which visual propaganda is presented.   

    Cost: $20 for our scholarship fund

    Group size: Maximum 15

    For Reservations electronically, use the Register button above. or click for Old-fashioned coupon/check by snail

    Website: https://museumofpropaganda.org/

    Place: The Museum of International Propaganda
    1000 5th Ave, San Rafael, corner of Court St.
     
    Parking: Two large no cost lots (right and left) on first block of Court St North of 5th Ave. Paid street and garage parking is also available.

    By bus: The museum is only a short walk from the San Rafael Transit Center

    • September 11, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, 2301 Hardies Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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    To register, pay online via  the black "REGISTER" button, or click here to send a check. 

    Vaccination and indoor masks may be required to offer the most security.

    A visit to the Charles M. Schulz museum in Santa Rosa offers an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the creative process in the production of artistic masterworks, the comic strip “Peanuts” being one such example.

    At the end of the artists’ life on February 12, 2000, “Peanuts” was carried by more than 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries and read by some 300 million people. It had been going for five decades. Robert Thompson, a scholar of popular culture, called it “arguably the longest story told by a single artist in human history”.

    Starting in the late 1940s, and anchored by Charlie Brown’s emotional struggles, Schulz increasingly addressed issues of depression, anxiety, and OCD. He was almost alone in addressing these issues in children and to children. It is clear he knew what he was talking about from deep personal experience.

    “I think anybody who is writing finds he puts a little bit of himself in all of the characters, at least in this kind of a strip. It’s the only way that you can survive when you have to do something every day. You have to put yourself, all of your thoughts, all of your observations and everything you know into the strip.”

    – Charles M. Schulz, 1984

    The ice rink may be open to the public at the time of our visit. If interested, check Snoopy's Home Ice - The Redwood Empire Ice Arena 

    https://www.snoopyshomeice.com


    Cost: $20 ($12 of that for scholarships)

    Group size: Maximum 40

    Website: https://schulzmuseum.org/

    Directions: https://schulzmuseum.org/visit/directions/

    Parking: readily available 

    For Reservations electronically, use the Register button above. or click for Old-fashioned coupon/check by snail



    • November 11, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (PST)
    • 1802 Hayes St, The Presidio, San Francisco. The entrance to the Presidio is off Lake St. and 14th avenue. The building is the one with the large smokestack.
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    To register, pay online via  the black "REGISTER" button, or click here to send a check. 

    Vaccination and indoor masks required to offer the most security.

    “AN IRREPLACEABLE CULTURAL TREASURE”

    The Arion Press (and M+H Typefoundary) in San Francisco is so designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is a must-see for anyone interested in the history , and current manufacture of artisanal books.

    The Arion Press is the foremost publisher of “The most beautiful limited-edition, hand-printed books in the world.. It carries on a grand legacy of san Francisco printers and bookmakers.” - New York Times.

    M+H Type is the oldest and largest typefoundary in the country and one of the few remaining manufacturers of type in the world.

    The staff are highly skilled practitioners of typecasting, letter press printing, and book binding, whom we will see at their work.

    The Arion Press ( and M+H Typefoundary ) is a living, working museum.

    Paid street parking available as well as a lot at the corner of 15th and 16th avenues.

    See Arion Press website for information as well as things to do in the Presidio prior to the tour. Arion Press

    Consider dinner close by in the Richmond District after the tour to miss the evening commute. Reservations recommended.

    For Reservations electronically, use the Register button above. or click for Old-fashioned coupon/check by snail


    • February 18, 2022
    • 4:00 PM (PST)
    • February 21, 2022
    • 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Asilomar
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    PBKNCA requires all who can take a vaccine to do so if they plan to attend.  Asilomar, like other venues, may require it in order to stay at the site.

    "Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response." Arthur M. Schlesinger

    If the isolation and upheavals of the past year are getting you down, take heart – it’s once again time to reserve your weekend of learning, inspiration and fellowship on the magnificent Monterey coast! After an extended hiatus, PBKNCA is delighted to announce that plans for Asilomar 2022 are finally in the works.

    This year we'll explore both the scientific and technical advances that have transformed our social landscape, and the cultural responses that varied people have brought to frame and understand these often-confusing times. Past participants describe the weekend as a “the best aspects of college, without the exams” and “the greatest high of the year – without drugs!” For information on last year’s event, visit

    Program details will be announced by late September; If you have questions on this year’s plans, please contact dfrontczak@scu.edu. For logistics matters, please contact Barry Haskell at bghaskell@comcast.net.

    For Reservations electronically, use the Register button above. or click for Old-fashioned coupon/check by snail. All registered participants will receive forms to reserve their Asilomar accommodations, including meals, during the month of October; please watch your email for more details. (Remember, to be part of the PBKNCA package, do not reserve directly with the facility; specifics of the group rate, including all meals, will follow.)

    We can't wait to see you again for a weekend of discovery and celebration.


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